138% Funded


Target: €500


€690 Raised


18 Funders

The 7th Dragon of Shandon Samhain Parade

By Cork Community Art Link


Cork Community Art Link is a participative arts organisation that has been working in Cork for over 19 years. We encourage meaningful collaborations between artists and individuals that result in the creation of great art. We work with a number of organisations, creating cultural links and skill sharing opportunities. Our aim is to bring creativity to places where people live, work and play. We work with people to create a sense of community identity and collective pride, enabling individuals to gain a better understanding of themselves and the world around them in a fun, creative environment.

The Dragon of Shandon Parade was established in 2005 and has since become an annual spectacle attracting thousands to Shandon on October 31st. The project brings community groups, organisations and individuals together through an extensive participatory and outreach program. Working creatively with Cork Community Art Link and collaborating artists, these participants create a spectacular night-time street parade which celebrates the tradition of Samhain in and around the streets of Shandon on Cork’s Northside.

The highlight of the parade is the Dragon - one of the largest articulated sellotape puppets in the world. He is accompanied by a host of strange characters, giant props, musicians and performers. In addition to this, the parade extends to the river Lee where illuminated skeleton fish boats, and unique water bridge installations transform the city quay side.

Participation and inclusion are the cornerstones of this event with over 400 participants from local community groups, and organisations taking part through our extensive outreach program. This outreach program prioritizes active participation and engagement within the community. It consists of workshops in prop and puppet making, mask-making, drama and performance, music and choreography and is facilitated by trained and experienced arts facilitators.

The outcome is fantastic example of the high quality art achieved through community arts and participation programs, and the positive impact that this can have on a community and a city.

In order to achieve this extensive outreach program we need your support! Each year this event is growing and we believe that it has the potential to become and annual festival.

With this growth comes increased demand for our outreach program from groups who recognize that a project like this is essential for community development and sustainability. In order for us to sustain this program your support is key. Your pledge will enable us to engage with increased numbers of participants, provide materials for workshops and facilitate the creation of high quality art.

The good news is that a generous sponsor has offered us a challenge; for every €2 we raise on Fund it, they will donate €1.

The Dragon of Shandon Samhain Parade is a fantastic event bringing extraordinary people together to celebrate culture, creativity, community identity and collective pride, and of course is it a lot of fun!! We thank you for you’re continued support and look forward to seeing you on October 31st.




Successful Fundit Campaign We would like to say a massive THANK YOU to everybody who donated to our recent Fundit campaign, as well as everyone who shared and publicised it! It was nail-biting coming up to the deadline today, but in the end, with your help, we got to our target of €2,000. In fact, we did better than that – we reached €2,165.! Thanks to your support, we're going to make the Dragon of Shandon Parade more wild, weird and wonderful than ever before! Your donation is going to help us to create amazing collaborations between community groups to produce something spectacular for the people of Cork this Halloween. Your contributions are really appreciated, and we can't wait to make this year the best Dragon yet!

Last day !!!!!!

It stay 2 hours for help us with our foundid campaign! http://fundit.ie/project/dragon-of-shandon-parade-2016 Your donation will go towards our extensive outreach program and make it possible for more community groups and individuals to take part on the night. In return we have a number of rewards for you! Thanks !!!


FUNDIT CAMPAIGN !!! THE DRAGON RETURNS... This year the renowned Dragon of Shandon returns for a parade celebration of Samhain (Halloween), the 31st of October. Taking place in Cork’s Cultural Quarter, Shandon, this new, bigger and wilder event promises to amaze! Cork Community Art Link is a charity, and we rely on the goodwill of people like you to bring community groups together and create amazing spectacles for the people of Cork!  Thanks for your donation from last year! We still need you this year! The Dragon of Shandon is unique to our city. It puts people at its core, but it also relies on the goodwill of people like you to make it happen. You can help by donating to our Fundit campaign : http://fundit.ie/project/dragon-of-shandon-parade-2016 We're asking you, our supporters and friends, to give what you can to make the Dragon come to life this year. Any amount is much appreciated, and will genuinely help. You can help us to bring this amazing celebration of Cork's community spirit and creativity to life. So go on, be a part of it! The Dragon is calling you! Many Thanks!

Day 5 - Thank You

Wow! Thank you to all our generous sponsors for supporting this campaign. We greatly appreciate your generosity and support for the Dragon of Shandon 2012. Your donations will go towards the facilitation and materials required for our out reach programme which this year includes Shandon Cairde Youth Club, Blarney Street Youth groups, Buttera (Butter Exchange Brass Band), Naomhoga Chorcai, Cope Foundation, North Mon, North Presentation and St Vincent's School Completion Programmes, Gurranabraher Youth Development Centre, St. Kevin's After School Program, Middle Parish Youth Club, The Life Centre, The Glen CDP, CIT Carnival Samba, and CCAL Drama Group as well as adult volunteers. We still have groups registering!! and welcomed on board this week the Rebel Wheelers who we are delighted to have in this years parade. Reaching our target before our deadline has been amazing and offers us a unique opportunity to raise more than expected so that we can continue to engage with increased numbers of participants this year. Please continue to spread the word. Our campaign remains open until Monday so those wishing to get involved and help fund this event can do so!! Many thanks again!!

What a Morning!!

Wow what a morning its been we are now at 70% of our target as i type. thank you so much to our funders for your generosity and we look forward to seeing you at this years Dragon of Shandon. In latest parade news The Butter Exchange Brass Band, or the “Buttera” as it is known, are back for a 3rd year! One of the best-known brass and reed bands in the city of Cork the band was established in 1878 but has roots in a small band established for religious purposes by Fr. John McNamara, a curate of the North Cathedral. This year they are working on some New Orleans voodoo inspired pieces! In addition to this, Naomhoga Chorcai will be returning to the Dragon of Shandon bringing our majestic skeleton fish boats along the Lee to illuminate Pope's Quay. This year will also see a brand new installation on the water and a light installation on Shandon Footbridge Bridge. Check out Naomhoga Chorcai's website: http://www.naomhogachorcai.com/ For more information, updates and photographs go to: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cork-Community-Art-Link/189692277413

Outreach Workshops Begin and Art Machina Arrive

This week saw the vast majority of our outreach workshops begin with our trained facilitators working with local community groups to develop props, costumes and performances for this years parade. Art Machina also arrived this week bringing their own Bulgarian halloween traditions and creativity to some props and puppets for the Dragon of Shandon. learn more about their work in Plovdiv here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Art-Machina/154624287935057

Participating Groups and Collaborating Organisations in this years parade

Now in its 7th year the Dragon has grown from a small community celebration of Halloween into Ireland's largest night-time street parade with over 400 participants involved. The parade is the result of an extensive outreach and participatory program that spans several months of workshops with youth groups, the community and voluntary sector, schools and voluntary participants. Participating groups this year include Shandon Cairde Youth Club, Blarney Street Youth groups, Buttera (Butter Exchange Brass Band), Naomhoga Chorcai, Cope Foundation, North Mon, North Presentation and St Vincent's School Completion Programmes, Gurranabraher Youth Development Centre, St. Kevin's After School Program, Middle Parish Youth Club, The Life Centre, The Glen CDP, CIT Carnival Samba, Cork Music Works and CCAL Drama Group as well as adult volunteers. In addition to these we are delighted to be working with local organisations Dowtcha Puppets and The Firkin Crane. This year we also have Art Machina, a community arts organisation based in Plovdiv in Bulgaria who have traveled to Cork to work with us for 6 weeks on the Dragon of Shandon preparations bringing their own Bulgarian twist to this years parade!

Here we go

Our fundit campaign and gone live and within 2 hours we have already reached 8%. thank you to our first sponsor!

funders (18)

There are 15 public funders of this project

There are 3 anonymous funders of this project